Gymnastics is always a crowd favourite at the Olympic Games. Gymnasts require strength, flexibility, balance and precision. But did you know that there are actually two different types of gymnastics at the Olympic Games? Artistic and Rhythmic.
In Artistic Gymnastics athletes perform on special equipment like balance beams, rings, podiums and vaults. Some of you might have had a go at these yourself at school.
In Rhythmic Gymnastics competitors perform to music with hoops, ribbons and balls. Rhythmic Gymnastics is one of the more graceful sports at the Games and also one of only two women-only competions – the other is synchronised swimming (one of my personal faves!)
Make sure you come along to the library for our free school holiday activities all about Paralympics and Olympics 2012. Meet a Paralympian and try out their special sporting equipment! For more information phone 499 4444 or visit us online.
You might also like to take a look at some of the libraries’ books about Gymnastics: